The state of Rheinland-Pfalz named 2015 the Sickingen Year. Landstuhl, known as the Sickingen city, with its popular Nanstein Castle and its rich history dating back to Sir Franz of Sickingen, sets the perfect stage for the legendary castle event days beginning Thursday through May 10.
The official opening of the event at 7 p.m. Thursday, will commemorate Franz, “the last knight,” who died at Nanstein castle 492 years ago. The program will feature the cannonade of the castle and the knight’s death. Around the outside area of the castle, camps, taverns and a medieval market consisting of 35 stands, will be set up.
The market will open at 4 p.m. on May 8, and the bands Cultus Ferox and Vindsklang will perform a medieval concert inside the castle area. There will also be a fire show presented by the group Fornax. Doors open at 6 p.m. Advance tickets at the Stadthalle Landstuhl cost €19; tickets at the door cost €24.
Medieval activities will continue with the market opening 11 a.m. on May 9. There will be a diversified entertainment program with music, children’s activities, medieval eating and drinking specialties. Visitors can watch medieval craftsmanship and see how life used to be in a camp during the Middle Ages. Another fire show is scheduled for 10 p.m.
The last day of the castle event days will begin with a church service in the castle yard at 10:30 a.m. May 10. Following the church service will be a performance by fanfare corps Sickinger Herolde in celebration of their 80th anniversary. The market and the craftsmen booths will be open until 6 p.m.
Admission to the area outside the castle will be free. Visitors wanting to enter the inside of the castle must buy an event badge for €5 on May 9 and 10.
A shuttle bus service will also be available from 10 a.m. to midnight May 9, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10; cost is €1.
Motorists should watch for no parking signs and traffic rerouting on both days.
For more information, visit www.heimatfreunde-landstuhl.de.